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Polymer-Polyurethane Applications for New Products Development, Commercializing and Intellectual Properties Expert

Technical Consultant #2543


Expertise

Summary

Polymer Scientist that is creative, a problem-solver, strategic, with expertise in developing and commercializing of new products and intellectual properties for polyurethane applications, including polymer foams, polyurethane dispersions, coatings, adhesives and elastomers.  With a career resulting in many publications, under 100 patents, and a variety of commercial products that have generated more than $100 million in revenue.

  • Radiation cure urethane acrylates for coating applications.
  • Polyurethane dispersions for carpet backing.
  • Polyurethane dispersions for coatings.
  • Rigid foam formulations for PIR, (Rigid Polyurethane Foam)rigid foams.
  • Polyester polyol products for coatings, adhesives, and rigid foams.
  • Recycle and bio-renewable polymeric plasticizers for PVC, (Polyvinyl Chloride).
  • Recycling of polyurethane thermosets into polyolefin composites.
  • Color and odor removal from polyurethane products.
  • Allergenic protein elimination from dip manufactured products.
  • Valorizing waste streams into valuable polyurethane intermediates.
  • Pour in place polyurethane pipe foam insulation foam formulations.
  • Biobased polyurethane and surfactant products and raw materials.
  • Run flat tire elastomers for automotive applications.
  • Flame retardant biobased polyols for rigid foam applications.
  • Recycled PET polyols for use in flexible foam applications.
  • Delivering a cost-effective IP strategy that supports your business strategy.
  • Working with IP, (Intellectual Property) counsel to create patents that increase the value of your company.
  • Guiding clients in the prioritization and nationalizations of patents.
  • Recommending defensive strategies to reduce IP legal costs.
  • Assisting with the technical prosecution of inventions into allowed claims.
  • Writing technical marketing publications, white papers, business cases, and scientific articles that create customers. 

Expert Witness 

  • Provided support in a patent dispute litigation over ownership of anti-plasticizer technology for PET, (Polyethylene terephthalate).

Experience

T.P.C., Plymouth, MI, Proprietor, 2020 - Present

Principal Polymer Scientist 

  • Providing technical and marketing guidance, knowledge, experience and connections to polyurethane and sustainability industries.

Carlisle Construction Materials, Plymouth, MI, 2020

Director of Polyol Research and Development

  • Transitioned Resinate Materials Group technology and IP into Carlisle Construction Materials.
  • Led efforts to incorporate sustainable content and improve performance in Carlisle Construction Materials products.

Resinate Materials Group, Plymouth, MI, 2013 - 2020

Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Research and Development

  • Led strategic new business and product development efforts, product development and intellectual property creation for recycle- and bio renewable-content polyester polyols. Managed IP portfolio and technical strategy.
  • Coinventor on most of Resinate’s 35 granted patents, and 49 patent applications.
  • Led the commercialization of 29 polyols for coating, adhesive, sealant and foam applications during this time.
  • Resinate was awarded the Adhesive and Sealant Council Award for Innovation for a small company.
  • 15 of Resinate’s products are USDA Bio-Preferred certified.
  • Over 60 ongoing projects with blue-chip global specialty chemicals players.
  • Participated heavily in the sale of the company to Carlisle Construction Materials.

Stepan Company, Northfield, IL, Research Associate, Innovation Group, 2001 - 2013

  • Coinvented process for ant plasticizer for Coca Cola ($44 million NPV) for PET bottle application.
  • Developed and patented polyester polyols based on farnesene with improved green strength, greater bio-renewable content and reduced K-factor.
  • Managed the Polyurethane Systems Group, resulting in the commercialization of a continuous, high temperature pipe foam insulation product.
  • Implemented JDAs with two fermentation companies for new feedstocks for novel surfactants.
  • Commercialized Bioblox protein removal treatment product for latex gloves.
  • Coinvented cold water cleaning surfactants based on metathesis-based olefins.
  • Member of Board of Directors for GreenCentre Canada, a green technology center for Canada.

Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX , 1980 - 2000

Research Leader, Polyurethanes Research and Development and Polyolefins (R&D)

  • Implemented Dow’s intellectual assets strategy for Michelin’s polyurethane run flat tire supports (commercialized on the Honda Oddysey, Nissan Quest, Acura RL, Rolls Royce Phantom and Bugatti Veyron).
  • Technology leader from early-stage concepts to commercialization of SYNTEGRAä aqueous polyurethane dispersions (est. revenue of $1.9 million) and LIFESPANä carpet backing.
  • Technical lead for Dow's polyurethane rigid foam research and development; Received the Breaking the Barrier Award for Large Appliance Polyurethane Success.
  • Invented advanced microporous insulation materials and vacuum panel composites capable of R values of 32 per inch. Received the Thunderbolt Award for Concept Excellence, and the Best Paper Award at Polyurethanes.
  • Co-invented linear low density polyethylene maleic anhydride graft copolymer adhesives for use in multilayer packaging applications and corrosion control coatings for pipes.
  • Developed analytical methodology for determining molecular weight distributions in ethylene / acrylic acid copolymers. This was a major milestone in the launch of Dow's PRIMACOR™ brand of adhesive thermoplastics.
  • Received the Robert E. Cramer Award for Excellence in Technical Development.

Honors & Publications


Languages

  • English
  • Intermediate Spanish 

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society Member

Awards

  • Winner of InnoCentive Challenge
  • Better, Faster, First award for product development, Dow Chemical
  • Breaking the Barrier Award for Large Appliance Polyurethane Success, Dow Chemical
  • Thunderbolt Award for Concept Excellence, Dow Chemical
  • Best Paper Award at the Conference of the Polyurethane Industry, Boston, MA
  • Robert E. Cramer Award for Excellence in Technical Development, Dow Chemical
  • Distinguished Student Award, Texas A&M University
  • Four Year Opportunity Award Scholarship, Texas A&M University
  • Welch Fellowship Grant, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. George C. Bauer Memorial Scholarship, Texas A&M University

Publications and Patents 

  • Author and Co-Author of  24 publications (peer reviewed journals, educational text, presenter and conference).
  • Inventor and Co-Inventor of 83 Patents:  U.S. International and World Patents.

Education

  • B.S.  Chemistry, (Honors, Magna Cum Laude). Texas A&M University, College Station, TX  

 

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